Juno spacecraft completes close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot

Juno spacecraft completes close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot

Juno spacecraft completes close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot

During the Juno mission Jupiter flyby on July 10, the JunoCam imager aboard NASA's snapped pictures of the most massive storm that has been raging on the solar system's largest planet for over 350 years.

That is Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

Juno is making its closest path near Jupiter's red spot and photos have been released from the journey. The spacecraft was only 5,600 miles above the storm, making the images the closest ever of the spot. The Great Red Spot puts storms on our planet to shame.

The spacecraft was about 6,130 miles (9,866 kilometers) from Jupiter's clouds, NASA says.

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"For generations people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot", said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot captured by NASA's Juno mission, enhanced in color for a detailed view. During those brief hours, the probe's instruments study the local environment to gather information about the interior of the planet, which will help scientists learn more about the formation of both Jupiter and the entire solar system. "It will take us some time to analyse all the data from not only JunoCam, but Juno's eight science instruments, to shed some new light on the past, present and future of the Great Red Spot".

It will fly by again on September 1. "With data from Voyager, Galileo, New Horizons, Hubble and now Juno, we have a better understanding of the composition and evolution of this iconic feature", said Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science.

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